CityDance DREAM

In spring 2021, CityDance DREAM became The VIVA School of Dance, which will operate as an affiliate of CityDance. Visit The VIVA School website to learn more.

COVID-19 Impact - The DREAM School goes Virtual! 

As a result of COVID-19, we have taken our programming online so that we can continue to provide training and a support system for our students! 

The DREAM at-home experience includes an online portal for students via BANDS which delivers curated digital dance classes and content. We are also providing Language Arts programming for middle schoolers; tutoring sessions with the DREAM Academic Services Manager; and College Readiness program activities, including intensive mentorship for seniors, online. 

The DREAM School leadership and staff continue to remain in close communication with all students and their family's through individual as well as program-wide communications to ensure continued support and sharing of information about additional available resources. 

The DREAM School

In Fall 2017, CityDance opened The DREAM School in the heart of Washington, DC’s U Street neighborhood. The DREAM School provides a comprehensive tuition-free dance program integrated with wrap-around academic, college prep and family services for DC students in grades 3 through 12.

At The DREAM School, we address the needs of the whole child through a 10-year journey with a goal for students to graduate from high school, enroll in college and be equipped with the tools and skills necessary to pursue their full potential. These goals are achieved through the following four core program elements:

Dance Education and Performance are the core transformational elements through which our youth develop the ability to reach their full potential. Dance has the ability to encourage youth to think differently about themselves, to push through obstacles and to emerge as strong and confident leaders. It is why our students call DREAM their second home. On the dance floor, they feel supported and are able to embody who they really are. Dance breaks down barriers. It allows our students to have a voice, to be seen and to know that they matter.

Academic Services (grades 3-12) provide early and consistent academic intervention to ensure on-time high school graduation.

College Readiness (grades 8-12) removes barriers to college access with programs that prepare parents / guardians to support their child’s path through college logistically, financially and emotionally.

Family Engagement and Support Services (grades 3-12) focus on the well-being of youth in their individual family contexts.

Journey of a DREAM Student 

CityDance DREAM focuses on the whole child through dance, education and social support.

(3rd - 4th Grade)
• Dance Training Curriculum begins
• Field trips to Professional performances
• Family Engagement Activities
• Academic Monitoring and Tutoring
• Counseling and In-house Crisis Intervention

(5th - 8th Grade)
• Master Classes, Residencies and Summer Intensives with professional artists and companies
• Student Performance Opportunities
• Student and Family Workshops
• Individualized Student Academic Plans
• College Preparation Curriculum Begins

(9th - 12th Grade)
• Pre-Professional Dance Training Track Begins
• Student Leadership Council
• Pre-Collegiate Mentoring and College Planning
• College Application, Admissions and Financial Aid Support
• Merit-based Scholarships Awarded

(College Years)
  • A lifelong support network for DREAM Alumni

DREAM Students in Action

Guest Artists

Camille A. Brown & Dancers

Guest Artist: Audrey Elaine Hailes

Jared Jenkins

Guest Artist

Fredrick Earl Mosley

Guest Artist

Dance Theatre of Harlem

Guest Artist: Theara Ward

Phil Wright

Guest Artist

Highlights & Happenings

A Letter from the CityDance CEO

CityDance DREAM School Holds In-Person Auditions

DREAM Students Hear from Black Women in the Arts

Saying Goodbye to Mr. Vernon E. Jordan Jr.

A Look Inside The DREAM School's Virtual Incubator

Exciting Things Happening in English Language Arts Programming at The CityDance DREAM School

CityDance DREAM School
2042 Vermont Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001

Contact: | 202.506.7252 


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